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Not Just a Game: Politics and Power in American Sports - LIB 100 US 201 Approved!

Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their fists in protest at the awarding of their Olympic medals

Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their fists in protest at the awarding of their Olympic medals

Date and Time:

Thursday, February 2, 2012
4:00 PM

Location:

  • Kirkhof Center » RM 2250 GRAND RIVER ROOM

Description:

Not Just a Game:  Politics and Power in American Sports

At this inaugural “Intersections” event, John Carlos, winner of the bronze medal in the men’s 200-meter race at the 1968 Summer Olympics, will tell us his story. 

Carlos entered the Olympic Games with one thing in mind – to reach the platform in order to send a message.  And, along with Tommie Smith, his teammate and winner of the gold medal, the message was sent, reverberating throughout the world.  Smith and Carlos raised black-gloved fists crowning bowed heads to humbly reflect the strength of the black power and human rights salutes.

In addition to Carlos, renowned American sportswriter Dave Zirin, will be a part of the program and will show segments of his documentary movie, Not Just a Game: Politics and Power in American Sports. The two will also discuss their recently completed book, The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment That Changed the World.

The striking image of Carlos raising his fist toward the sky is well known, but his story – and that of other athlete activists - is not.  With the entire landscape of sports as his focus, Zirin puts up a mirror to America to make us realize that we aren’t as fair and just as we might think


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